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DENVER – The sight of Anthony Davis hobbling off the pitch was hard to shake for the Los Angeles Lakers

Nikola Jokic recorded his sixth triple-double of the season, and the Denver Nuggets defeated the Lakers 122-105 on Sunday night in a game in which Davis once again exacerbated his aching right Achilles

When he was eliminated late in the first half, the Nuggets turned a close game into an outlier

Well, the only thought for the Lakers is Monday’s Davis MRI result for what the team called a strain

“I don’t want to play around with this type of injury,” said Davis. “I’m just trying to figure out the best steps to take.”

The spotlight was on the showdown between Jokic and LeBron James, both of whom are favorites in the NBA MVP race. Jokic finished with 23 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists James had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists but the seven – The Lakers’ game winning streak ended

“If I’m open, shoot it,” said Jokic. “If I see someone coming, just pass the ball. Don’t think about anything”

Los Angeles never came back on track after Davis hobbled into the locker room. He was beaten up while trying to drive around Jokic at 2:39 before halftime

Davis hobbled to the free throw line, did both, and then went into hiding. He finished with 15 points and four rebounds in 14 minutes

When Davis got into the game he was in doubt about what was termed right achilles tendinitis. He missed two competitions because of the illness before beating Memphis on Friday

James now has some advice for Davis: Take the time he needs not to rush back

“I just want him to be healthy and back to full strength,” James said. “I just care about his health”

Jamal Murray scored 25 points for Denver in their third win in a row. Zeke Nnaji had 16 points and colleague Facundo Campazzo finished with 15 points

“In this business, you never know when your number will be called,” said Nuggets trainer Michael Malone. “You better be ready when it says I’m most proud of”

This was the # 2 meeting of the season between the teams that reached the Western Conference Finals last season in the first competition on Feb. 4, The Lakers were 12 points behind in the third quarter before going on a big run to take control, beating the Nuggets 68-35 in the second half with a 114-93 win

Only this time, the third quarter wasn’t an issue. Denver beat the Lakers 30-24 in their third game to open a comfortable lead and increased it to 21 in the fourth

And while the Lakers have benefited from 20-point deficits in their last two wins, they haven’t stormed back in this one

“It’s definitely a drain when you lose a great player – a great man on your team,” said James. “We have a lot of things built in around AD and many other players. When it goes down, you have to shift up. That hurt us ”

Nuggets: Gary Harris (left adductor trunk), Will Barton III (personal reasons) and P.J Dozier (strained right Achilles tendon) was out F Paul Millsap failed to play in the second half due to a sprained left knee. He had 10 points

The Lakers Guardian Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been in a burglary since he died on Jan. Jan 7 out of 10 from 3 point range has hit 21 in Milwaukee He’s 9 out of 36 out of depth since that game, including 1 out of 4 Sunday

“It just doesn’t look that clean,” said Lakers trainer Frank Vogel. “It’s nothing to worry about”

Campazzo had a no-look pass in the first quarter that whirled past Kuzma’s head and straight to Nnaji, who emptied the 3-hand

As good as the NBA Champion Lakers was last season, Malone believes Montrezl Harrell, Dennis Schröder and Marc Gasol will take them to an even higher plateau

“In my opinion and no disrespect to players who are not back I think they are even better this year with the talent they brought in,” said Malone

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